May 4, 2012 - Kauai
There it is!
OK, hard to see...
but there is only so close we are allowed to get.
We walk around the temporary fencing for a better view.
A little light reading about mommy and baby, who is just a couple of weeks old.
Mommy is sleeping soundly. Baby moves a little, but is pretty much taking mommy's lead in lounging.
After the seal, we stop at another scenic location.
This is a bird sanctuary.
I look for birds, while Ella... reads about albatrosses(?).
I love the waves...
Ella uses binoculars to check out the birds across the small inlet.
In the sanctuary is a striking lighthouse.
Ella loves the birds, and keeps pointing them out to us.
I might have put the lighthouse there. Just sayin'...
Several of the birds (mainly shearwaters) make nests in the thick, flowering vegetation.
Here's a close-up.
Ella runs around, taking advantage of being out of the car for a long walk before we head farther north to the end of the road.
The road ends in a long trail.
Well, to call it a trail...
...is generous. It is 11 miles of rocks leading up a mountain on which you can walk if you want.
The first scenic lookout is a mile up the trail. Have fun.
Quickly giving up, we drive back down to the boat past some caves
Ella is enthralled by the scenery.